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Application period

The application period for the 2024 Building Official Training (BOT) Grant program opens Sept. 25, 2023, and ends at 4 p.m., Oct. 25, 2023. Details about submitting proposals are contained in the proposal application.

The request for proposal (RFP), proposal application and associated documents will be posted below.

Grant timeline

  • Sep. 25, 2023:  RFP is published and application period opens.

  • Oct. 6, 2023:  Webex seminar about the RFP and application process.

  • Oct. 13, 2023:  Noon is the deadline for questions about the RFP, application help, content intentions or clarifications and qualifications.

  • Oct. 25, 2023:  Proposal applications are due by 4 p.m.

  • First week of December:  Awards are announced.

  • Jan. 1, 2024:  Period of performance (2024 grant cycle) begins.

  • Dec. 31, 2024:  The grant cycle (period of performance) ends.


The BOT Grant Program will, through funding and training guidance, assist qualified municipalities to establish inclusive training programs that will provide on-the-job training and education under the direct supervision of a Minnesota certified building official. The municipality’s trainee will achieve 20 points for experience in building plan review and building inspections per Minnesota Rules 1301.0300 section C (1) by serving as a construction code inspector as specified in Minnesota Statutes 326B.135 and detailed in Minn. R. 1301.1400. The grant program goal for the trainee is to gain a building official-limited (BO-L) certification.


To be considered eligible, all applicants must be a qualifying municipality. For the BOT grant, “municipality” is defined in Minn. R. 1300.0070 subp. 17 and Minn. Stat. 326B.103 subd. 9 as a city, county or town.

To be a qualifying municipality:

  1. A municipality must administer and enforce the Minnesota State Building Code by having adopted the code by ordinance in compliance with Minn. Stat. 326B.121 subd. 2(a)(b).

  2. Education and training must be under the direct supervision of a Minnesota certified building official certified in accordance with Minn. R. 1301.0300 p. C (1).

  3. Meet the application deadline.

Award amounts

  • Total funds allocated for this grant cycle:  $520,000.

  • The maximum amount applicants can request is up to $65,000.

  • DLI plans to award funding for up to eight grants.

  • Grants that are awarded will be restricted to one BOT grant for one trainee per municipality for the 2024 grant cycle.

  • The awarded funds are not intended to fully fund the trainee position.

Informational seminar

An informational seminar is Oct. 6, 2023, via Webex. A link to the recording of that seminar will be posted here when available.


For questions about the RFP, proposal application help, content intentions or clarifications and qualifications, submit those questions by email until noon on Oct. 13, 2023, to

For other information concerning the BOT Grant Program contact Terence Olson at 651-284-5627.

RFP, proposal application and related materials

  • Request for proposal (RFP)

  • BOT Grant application with budget and budget narrative forms

  • Training requirements

  • Affidavit of non-collusion

  • Definitions

  • Sample contract

  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ)